LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The second-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (22-3) lost to No. 4 UCLA (15-1) twice on Sunday. The Seminoles lost the first match 4-1 and lost the second match 3-2.
Florida State finished their trip to Los Angeles 1-3 after splitting matches with No. 1 USC on Saturday. FSU’s final match of the weekend against UCLA went to third sets for pairs one and five before the Bruins of UCLA were able to pull out the win.
In the first match of the day, Florida State and UCLA split pairs two and four in the first wave of matches. UCLA took the four pairs in straight sets but FSU bounced back, winning on court two. Keara Rutz and Torrey Van Winden earned their 23rd win of the season with a 21-17, 21-18 win.
UCLA took all three courts in the second wave, earning wins from pairs one, three and five. Kate Privett and Jenna Johnson on court five and Alaina Chacon and Molly Mcbain on court one both lost in straight sets. Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson fell in a three setter on court three. They lost the first set 21-17 before winning the second set 21-15. Their third set would need extra points but they would fall 19-17. It was their first loss of the season.
Florida State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second match of the day. The Seminoles earned wins on courts two and four in the first wave of matches. Rutz and Van Winden earned their second win of the afternoon and third of the weekend on court two with a 21-16, 21-12 win.
Payton Caffrey and Liz Waters-Leiga teamed up for the first time since March 19th against Stetson and gave FSU a 2-0 lead with a 12-21, 23-21, 15-13 win on court four.
The Seminoles would not be able to convert on the 2-0 lead as UCLA went on to win courts one, three and five for the second straight match.
Florida State is back home next weekend for the Unconquered Invitational (April 9-10).
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